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Picturesque New Zealand & Oz

13 days fr £1,984pp

Auckland • Bay of lslands • Tauranga • Akaroa • Dunedin • Dusky Sound • Sydney • Melbourne

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Oceanview fr £1,984pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 17/02/2020 - 29/02/2020
Also included:
  • Cruise Fare
  • Port Tax
  • Gratuities
  • Full Board
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • International Flights
Overview
This fabulous 14 night cruise around New Zealand on the luxurious liner Celebrity Solstice allows you to experience so much of this wonderful picturesque country. Beginning in Auckland on North Island you sail to the tropical Bay of Islands before heading south berthing at Tauranga, Akaroa and Dunedin before cruising along the Dusky Sound. Then head off across the ocean to Australia stopping at Sydney before ending in Melbourne.
Day 1
Auckland
You join the Celebrity Solstice in Auckland and it may be worth arriving a few days before you sail giving more time to see the sights. Auckland, based around two large harbours, is in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of super yachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the oldest park, sits beside an extinct volcano and Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.
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Day 2
Bay of Islands
Your firtst stop on the cruise is at the stunning Bay of Islands. This is one of the country's favourite tourist spots and, as with all destinations on the cruise, there are a whole range of tours to choose from. With more than 140 islands and numerous small towns, there are a wide range of activities available and plenty of water sports to take part in. The Bay of Islands is also home to Waitangi, the birthplace of New Zealand.
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Day 3
Tauranga
Today the Celebrity Solstice drops anchor at Tauranga, which is a harbour-side city in the Bay of Plenty region on the North Island. It hosts historic buildings like the Elms Mission Station, an 1847 Georgian-style home. A bridge over the harbour connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, a beach town with hot saltwater pools and an extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths. Offshore is the active volcano White Island, accessible by helicopter or boat.
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Day 4
At Sea
The first of your full days at sea on the cruise as you sail down to New Zealand's South Island so make the most of it and get to know all that your modern cruise ship has to offer. This is the ship that inspired Celebrity Cruise Line's celebrated Solstice Class of liner and is one of the most decorated ships in their fleet. It is rich in luxurious design and exciting new experiences and most passengers who sail in her regard the ship as a destination in itself.
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Day 5
Akaroa
Today you dock at Akaroa, a town on the Banks Peninsula, southeast of Christchurch, on the South Island. Akaroa Beach is on the eastern shore of Akaroa Harbour, where rare Hector’s dolphins swim. The local museum includes three heritage buildings and chronicles the town’s development, especially its 19th-century British and French colonial history. The Giant’s House has terraced gardens and features colourful sculptures and mosaics.
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Day 6
Dunedin
Welcome to Dunedin, the city with a real Scottish flavour. that sits at the head of Otago Harbour. As well as its Scottish heritage, It's known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and a large student population. Hiking and cycling trails crisscross the dramatic landscape of the adjoining Otago Peninsula, home to colonies of albatross, sea lions and rare yellow-eyed penguins. While here visit the impressive railway station, Lanarch Castle and have a walk up the world's steepest street.
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Day 7
Dusky Sound
After all the visits and tours around the cities and towns you now have a relaxing day cruising the beautiful Dusky Sound. As you sail along you will see the rugged and remote south-west fiords of Breaksea and Dusky Sounds itself at a pace that lets you connect with their rich and spectacular landscapes. With more than 350 islands, these incredibly beautiful fiords offer many idyllic spots for mooring and trips ashore.
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Day 8
At Sea
The first of two consecutive days at sea as the Celebrity Solstice leaves New Zealand waters and heads out across the ocean towards Sydney. This cruise liner was the first Celebrity ship to feature the unique Lawn Club – half an acre of grass on the top deck, where a casual country club atmosphere is the norm. Embrace your competitive side with a range of games in the sunshine or soak up the rays around one of the pools.
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Day 9
At Sea
Another day to relax and enjoy all that the Celebrity Solstice has to offer. Food plays an important on any cruise and when your appetite is well and truly worked up, head to one of the ship's specialty restaurants. At Silk Harvest, you can go on a culinary journey through the authentic flavours of Asia in a friendly and laidback atmosphere. Then finish the perfect day with a delicious cocktail in one of the sophisticated bars then watch a top class show in the main theatre..
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Day 10
Sydney
The first of two full days to see lots of the sights in this great Australian city either on your own or on one of the ship's organised tours. Visit the famous opera house, take a walk across the iconic coat hanger bridge, chill out and watch the surfers at Bondi Beach, relax with local families on the golden sands at Manley, take a speedboat ride across the harbour, dine out at one of the restaurants in the oceanside Circular Quay or check out the shops and boutiques at The Rocks.
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Day 11
Sydney
Another day to savour the delights of this famous city. There are lots of tours that can be booked on board or you can go off and explore on your own. Take a trip out to the Blue Mountains, visit some of the nearby wine lands, stop at one or two of the sports stadiums, including the Olympic park, or just relax on one of the many beaches. If you are feeling brave try Sydney Bridge Climb when a guide will walk you to the top of the structure where you have amazing views.
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Day 12
At Sea
The last of your full days at sea on the cruise so make the most of it as you sail from Sydney to that other great Australian city, Melbourne. Have a pampering treatment in the state of the art spa, and tonight join friends and try a new dining experience in one of the restaurants, watch a Broadway-style show and possibly end the evening in the casino playing one of the traditional games or trying your luck with the slots. There is never a dull moment on board.
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Day 13
Melbourne
Today your wonderful cruise around New Zealand and across to Australia comes to an end when the Celebrity Solstice sail into Melbourne. Say farewell to new found friends then possibly stay on for a few day and see all the sights here before flying back home. Melbourne is probably the country's most popular city and the things to see and do here are endless. Visit the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the modern harbour area, the old jail and ride on a tram hopping off at all the places of interest.
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